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Wayne Health urologists are academic physicians who are faculty members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. This academic connection allows our board-certified urology doctors and genitourinary specialists to offer the latest and most up-to-date technologies and treatments to patients.
Wayne Health has developed into one of the nation’s leading providers of urological care with expertise in all facets of urology. Wayne Health is an international destination center for patients with urologic conditions ranging from simple to complex.
Our urology specialists evaluate and treat all urologic conditions, including all types of urologic cancer, prostate problems, kidney stones, male and female sexual dysfunction and urologic reconstruction.
Kidney stones are small “pebbles” that form in your kidneys. They’re made of salts and minerals in the urine. They may stay in your kidneys or exit your body through the urinary tract. A stone traveling through a ureter—a tube that connects the kidney to the bladder—usually causes pain and other symptoms.
Kidney stones often cause no pain while they are in the kidneys. They can cause sudden, severe pain as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder. You may have severe pain in your side, belly, or groin. Your urine may look pink or red. You may also vomit or have nausea.
If your doctor thinks the stone can pass on its own, you may be told to take medicine, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The doctor may also suggest drinking enough fluids. You’ll need to keep drinking water and other fluids when you are passing a kidney stone.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine (alpha blockers) to help your body pass the stone.
If your pain is too severe, you have an infection, or the stones are blocking the urinary tract, your doctor will probably suggest a medical procedure, such as lithotripsy. This uses shock waves to break a kidney stone into small pieces. Or the doctor will need to remove the stone or place a small, flexible plastic tube in the ureter. This is done to keep the ureter open while stones pass.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlarged prostate gland. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate gets bigger, it may squeeze or partly block the urethra. This often causes problems with urinating.
BPH causes urinary problems such as trouble starting and stopping the flow of urine, needing to urinate often, or feeling like your bladder isn’t completely empty after you urinate. BPH does not cause prostate cancer and does not affect a man’s ability to father children. It does not cause erection problems.
Wayne Health board-certified urology specialists offer the latest and most advanced technologies and treatments to our patients. Wayne Health urology specialists are committed to raising standards of care for patients with a variety of urological conditions.
We have expertise in:
Additional services include urodynamic studies for post void residual and urine flow rate, cystoscopies, bladder scans, prostate biopsies, vasectomy and other office-based procedures. We perform outpatient and inpatient surgeries at area hospitals, including robotic surgery of the prostate, bladder, kidney and adrenal gland, cryoablation, brachytherapy, extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy, urethroplasty and other reconstructive procedures.
Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also faculty members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct research and clinical studies. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other health providers without a medical school affiliation.
WSU faculty clinicians participate in the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC), established in 2011, which is a physician-led quality improvement collaborative comprised of a consortium of urology practices in Michigan. The collaborative is designed to evaluate and improve the quality and cost efficiency of prostate cancer care.
Through the Urology department at Wayne Health and Wayne State University School of Medicine, and in coordination with Harper Hospital and Karmanos Cancer Institute, we offer a variety of clinical trials for both benign and malignant conditions. WSU Urology faculty currently have clinical research trials open in the following areas: bladder cancer; renal cell (kidney) cancer; testicular cancer; and prostate cancer.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.